How to Self-Diagnose Jiu-Jitsu Problems

How to Self-Diagnose Jiu-Jitsu Problems

Early in my jiu-jitsu career, when YouTube was not a thing and the highest-ranking jiu-jitsu instructor within 50 miles of my Pittsburgh home was a brown belt, many aspiring jiu-jiteiros were so frustrated by the lack of jiu-jitsu in the world that they would try to teach themselves. Using magazines and DVDs, people would get together, drill, and attempt something that could be loosely describe...
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The Darkside of Cross-Training

When is cross-training a bad thing? Marshal has some thoughts.
Marshal Carper
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Balancing Technique and Aggression

Here’s the problem: Our early years in jiu-jitsu often breed a misunderstanding of the role of aggression in jiu-jitsu.
Marshal Carper
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The Pain of Invisible Progress

Measuring your own progress in jiu-jitsu is a difficult challenge. Here's how to overcome it.
Marshal Carper
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Panda Podcast Episode 2: Grappling Camps

Nelson sits down with Matt Kirtley, the writer for Aesopian.com and r/BJJ mod, to play some Commander and to talk about the rise of grappling camps.
Nelson Puentes
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Does Jiu-Jitsu Make You a Better Person?

Can jiu-jitsu play a part in helping you through a difficult time or in helping you to realize a better version of yourself?
Marshal Carper
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Mount Escapes - Free Mini Instructional

Feeling crushed and squished under mount? Hillary and I shot a free mini instructional to teach you some panda secrets for escaping.
Nelson Puentes
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The Octagon Shoutout Experience

What's it like to hear your name mentioned in a post-fight octagon interview? Marshal has the story.
Marshal Carper
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Black Belts and Board Games Episode 1: Reaps and Gi vs. No-Gi

Nelson and Matt sit down for a game of Commander and talk about reaping rules and the technical merits of gi and no-gi training.
Nelson Puentes
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Troubleshooting Scissor Guard

Is your scissor guard getting passed? Here are some pointers for building a stronger position to give you more opportunities to block the pass and get the sweep.
Nelson Puentes
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Defending the Double Ankle Sweep

Standing to pass is a great way to give yourself more leverage and mobility, but the double ankle sweep can be frustrating. 
Nelson Puentes
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4 Ways to be a Better Teammate

We need other people on the team to step up, and these are things you can do without being asked or deputized.
Marshal Carper
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